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The long road to business recovery

- July 6, 2020 3 MIN READ

The new financial year is here and after months of turmoil, only now are we starting to get a true picture of the impact this has had on Australian small businesses and the significant pain points that lie ahead, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell. Prolonged drought conditions, a horror bushfire… Read more »

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Getting online a key driver for small business success

- June 18, 2020 2 MIN READ

New research by NBN Co has found digitisation is a key driver for small business success. A recent survey suggests a behavioural shift to shopping online is driving a small business boom. The Behavioural Change Survey of over 1000 Australians revealed almost half (49 per cent) of respondents had increased their online shopping during the… Read more »

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Kate Carnell: the road to small business recovery

- June 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

Restrictions are finally starting to lift and many small businesses are considering re-opening or ramping up as we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic. It’s a reason for small businesses to feel positive and if they’ve been using the downtime to think about ways of re-inventing their business, now is the time to start… Read more »

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Calls for changes to tax framework to help businesses through pandemic

- June 5, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has called for major changes to Australia’s taxation framework to assist already overwhelmed small businesses to remain compliant. Carnell’s recommendations form part of a larger recovery plan to help Australia’s small businesses get back on their feet at this challenging time. The Ombudsman suggests… Read more »

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Payment Times Reporting Bill could ease late payment issues for small business

- June 1, 2020 2 MIN READ

Small business advocates have welcomed the introduction of the Payment Times Reporting Bill 2020 which will deliver transparency around the way big business pays their small business counterparts. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the Bill will require big businesses to be upfront about how quickly they pay suppliers. “Much… Read more »

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ASBFEO calls for COVID-19 recovery plan for small business owners

- May 29, 2020 2 MIN READ

With restrictions finally starting to lift and many small businesses re-opening or ramping up, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has called for a COVID-19 Recovery Plan, to help small businesses navigate the next phase of the pandemic. Carnell acknowledges small business owners will be looking for guidance as they… Read more »

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Ombudsman calls for free child care beyond June 30 cut-off

- May 29, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has called for the government to continue with free child care beyond the June 30 cutoff, describing it as an essential service. Carnell believes snapping back the service to its pre-COVID offering would severely impact working women and female-led businesses. “Women make up more than… Read more »

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New mental health resource for sole traders impacted by covid-19

- May 7, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a free online mental health resource for sole traders, amid alarming predictions of a dramatic rise in Australian suicide rates due to the economic and social impacts of coronavirus. Beyond Blue ambassador and sole trader Garry Mills hosts the short webinar, Chicken Soup… Read more »

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QLD government appoints business champion as Small Business Commissioner

- April 23, 2020 2 MIN READ

Queensland ‘Small Business Champion’ Maree Adshead has been appointed as Queensland’s Small Business Commissioner. The role was created to temporarily provide much-needed advocacy for small business owners as they struggle to remain trading during the coronavirus crisis. The state’s SMBs will now have a single point of contact to negotiate on their behalf during disputes.… Read more »